Music History: Bob Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' Released 43 Years Ago

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Bob Dylan released his "John Wesley Harding" album on December 27, 1967.

The record was a follow-up to his "Blonde On Blonde," a double album released in 1966 that is still considered one of Dylan's best. "Harding" represented a return to the singer's folk roots, after the rock influences of his previous three albums.

Though it was released with little fanfare, at Dylan's insistence, it was still his highest charting album to date, reaching number two on the Billboard 200 - his best performance until "Planet Waves" brought the singer his first number one in 1974.

The album included the title track, "As I Went Out One Morning" and "The Wicked Messenger," as well as "All Along the Watchtower," which would become the LP's most recognizable songs after it was covered by Jimi Hendrix.

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